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Paul Pogba tips Cristiano Ronaldo for Ballon d'Or glory

Updated: Jul 14, 2016 17:48 IST

Madrid, July 14 (ANI): Amid increasing speculation surrounding his potential move to Real Madrid, Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba believes that Cristiano Ronaldo should win the coveted Ballon d'Or trophy following victories in the Champions League and Euro 2016 finals.

Despite being stretched off with a knee injury in the final, the Real Madrid superstar encouraged his teammates, issuing tactical instructions from sidelines to inspire Portugal to their first ever international trophy in Paris.

And therefore, Ronaldo is being widely considered as the favourite to lift his fourth individual crown ahead of arch-rival Lionel Messi.

"I'd give the Ballon d'Or to Ronaldo, he won the Champions League and the European Chamionship," Pogba was quoted as saying by Spanish newspaper Marca. "I like both [Ronaldo and Messi], but Antoine Griezmann has also had a wonderful year."

31-year-old Ronaldo played a key role in Portugal's Euro Championship campaign, scoring a crucial brace in a 3-3 draw with Hungary that took them through to the last-16 round and then the opener in the 2-0 semi-final win over Wales. (ANI)

Mumbai [India], Mar.2 (ANI): Prolific Indian opener Rohit Sharma, who has recovered fully from a thigh injury he sustained in October last year, is all set to make his comeback with Mumbai in the ongoing Vijay Hazare domestic 50-overs tournament.

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New Delhi [India], Mar. 1 (ANI): Ace Indian shooter Jitu Rai, who clinched gold in the 50m-pistol event in the ongoing International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) , has said that he just tried to focus on his performance and techniques which helped him to come out victorious.

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Karachi [Pakistan], Mar. 1 (ANI): Three English players from the Quetta Gladiators announced on Wednesday that that they will not be participating in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) final to be played in Lahore on March 5 over security issues.

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Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], March. 1 (ANI): Premier Skills, a partnership between the British Council and the Premier League, has completed its hugely successful Referee Development initiative, in Mumbai in partnership with the Indian Super League and All India Football Federation.

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New Delhi [India], Mar.1 (ANI): The All India Football Federation (AIFF) on Wednesday appointed Portugal's Luis Norton de Matos as the Head Coach of the India U-17 World Cup Team for the forthcoming FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017.

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Melbourne [Australia], Mar. 1 (ANI): Australian women cricketer Sarah Coyte, who was also a part of Australia's 2014 World T20-winning squad, has announced her retirement from all forms of the game.

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Dubai [UAE], Mar.1 (ANI): Live streaming from the ICC Women's World Cup 2017 held held last month in Colombo, Sri Lanka attracted 1.75 million views whilst clips and highlights from the event attracted a further 17.8 million views on ICC's digital and social media channels.

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Hamilton [New Zealand], Mar. 1 (ANI): Swash buckling New Zealand opener Martin Guptill played a ferocious knock of 180 from just 138 balls to guide his side to an emphatic seven-wicket victory against South Africa in the fourth ODI of the five-match series here at Seddon Park on Wednesday.

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Bengaluru [India], Mar. 1 (ANI): Indian opener Murali Vijay has insisted that the team is looking to leave behind the humiliating 333-run loss in Pune Test against Australia, adding that they would be looking for a fresh start in the next game starting Saturday at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium.

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New Delhi [India], Mar. 1 (ANI): Star Indian shooter Jeetu Rai on Wednesday continued his imperious form in the ongoing International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup as he won gold in the 50m-pistol event here at Karni Singh Shooting Range. Rai shot a world record score of 230.1 to bag the number one spot.

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Sonipat (Haryana)[India], Mar. 1 (ANI): Olympic wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt, who was trolled on social media for his rant against Gurmehar Kaur, on Wednesday said he is not against the Delhi University student but their views are different.

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London [United Kingdom], Mar.1 (ANI): Uncapped Surrey seamer Tom Curran, has been called up to join the England one-day squad in the Caribbean as cover for the injured Nottinghamshire pacer Jake Ball.

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Gunaratne, Dickwella named in SL Test squad

Updated: Feb 28, 2017 23:05 IST

Colombo [Sri Lanka], Feb. 28 (ANI): Sri Lankan Batsmen Asela Gunaratne and Niroshan Dickwella have been named in the country's Test squad for the two-match Test series against Bangladesh which would be played at Galle beginning on March 7.

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PSL to become first T20 league to use DRS

Updated: Feb 28, 2017 18:30 IST

Karachi [Pakistan], Feb.28 (ANI): Pakistan Super League (PSL) Chairman Najam Sethi has revealed that the PSL is all set to use the Decision Review System (DRS) in its playoff matches, thus becoming the first T20 league in the history of cricket to use technology.

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New Delhi [India], Feb.28 (ANI): The Indian Senior National Team will be camping in Mumbai prior to their crucial Group A match against Myanmar in the AFC Asian Cup Qualifiers UAE 2019.

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ICC rates Pune pitch as `poor`

Updated: Feb 28, 2017 17:08 IST

Dubai [UAE], Feb.28 (ANI): The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Tuesday announced that Chris Broad of the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees, who was the match referee for the opening Test between India and Australia in Pune, has rated the Maharashtra Cricket Association (MCA) Stadium pitch as "poor."

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